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How to change your Xbox gamertag

You can easily change your Xbox gamertag. If your gamertag was created for you when you initially signed up for Xbox (meaning you did not choose it yourself), you can change it one time for free. Additional Xbox gamertag changes cost extra.

If you created your own gamertag at signup and want to change it, you will be charged (fee varies by region and currency).

Solutions

Change your gamertag through a web browser

Here's how:

  1. Go to the Change gamertag page at account.xbox.com.
  2. Sign in using the Microsoft account email address and password associated with your gamertag.
  3. Enter your new gamertag, and then select Check Availability.
‘Change gamertag’ screen on a PC.
  1. Once you find an available gamertag, click Claim it .
    Note If your gamertag was created for you when you initially signed up for Xbox (meaning you did not choose it yourself), you can change it once for free. Additional Xbox gamertag changes cost extra.
    If you created your own gamertag at sign-up and want to change it, you will be charged (fee varies by region and currency).

Change your gamertag on Xbox One

Note Xbox One may not be available in all locales.

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Scroll to the top of the guide and select your gamerpic.
  3. Under Sign in, highlight your gamerpic, and then press the A button  on your controller
  4. Select View profile, and then Customise profile. Select your gamertag to edit it.
  5. You can either select one of the suggested available gamertags, or select Make my own to create your own:
    • If you’re making your own, type in the new gamertag, and then select Enter. If you receive a “Sorry, this gamertag is now reserved. Try another one” message, that means the gamertag is not available and you need to create another one.
    • If you want to use one of the gamertags that Xbox provides, but you don’t like any of the suggestions, select More to see additional gamertag suggestions.
  6. When you're finished, select  Claim it, and then select Sounds good.
  7. Once you see your gamertag, select Close.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox, and if there is an additional cost, the payment option associated with your Microsoft account is charged. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

Change your gamertag on Xbox 360

Here's how:

  1. On your Xbox 360 console, go to social, and then select Sign In or Out.
The ‘Sign In or Out’ option is selected from the social tab on the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Select your profile to sign in.
An Xbox profile is selected from the sign-in section on the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Scroll right to settings and then select Profile.
The Profile tile is selected from the settings tab on the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Select Edit Profile.
‘Edit Profile’ is selected from the Profile tile on the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Select Gamertag.
‘Gamertag’ is selected in the Edit Profile section of the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Select Enter New Gamertag.
‘Enter New Gamertag’ is selected on the Xbox 360 console.
  1. Type a new gamertag (up to 15 characters), and then select Done.
A new gamertag is entered in the keyboard field in the ‘Change Gamertag’ section of the Xbox 360 console.

If the gamertag you entered is already taken, you'll be prompted to try another gamertag.

  1. After you enter or select a new gamertag, select Yes, use this gamertag.
‘Yes, use this gamertag’ is selected to confirm a change of gamertag on the Xbox 360 console.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox, and if there is an additional cost, the payment option associated with your Microsoft account is charged. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

Change your gamertag in the Xbox app on Windows 10

If your gamertag was created for you when you initially signed up for Xbox (meaning you did not choose it yourself), you can change it one time for free. Additional Xbox gamertag changes cost extra. If you created your own gamertag at sign-up and want to change it, you will be charged (fee varies by region and currency).

If you have changed your gamertag before, go to account.xbox.com to change it again. Your account will be charged. See Change your gamertag through a web browser.

If you have not changed your gamertag before, you can change it in the Xbox app on Windows 10. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Xbox app in Windows 10 and sign in using the Microsoft account email address and password associated with your gamertag.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the app's home screen, select your gamerpic.
The Xbox app on Windows 10 home screen shows an overview of a customer's gamerpic.
  1. In the banner at the top of the profile screen, select Customise.
“Customise” is selected at the top of the profile screen in the Xbox app on Windows 10.
  1. Select Change gamertag.
‘Change gamertag’ is selected in the Xbox app on Windows 10.
  1. Type your preferred gamertag, and then select Check availability.
‘Change gamertag’ keyboard field appears in the Xbox app on Windows 10.
  1. Once you find an available gamertag, select Claim it.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

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